My Senses As A Quadriplegic
Since becoming a quadriplegic I realise I am extremely fortunate to still retain my sense of touch, hearing, sight and taste.
Many other quadriplegic people lose most of their feeling below the middle of their chest. For all the feeling I have I am very grateful, as I know I could be a lot worse off such as having to deal with pressure sores and consequentially weakening the skin, creating a weak area of the skin of the buttocks. Continue reading
Continued from: 2nd Chance at Life – Part 1
Where Am I?
After I woke up my first thought was “where am I”? I was able to think about everything that had happened. I was not aware that half the hair on my head had been shaved off. I was half bald. I must have had a lot of examinations and treatments but I had no recollection of it. Continue reading
The Day That Changed My Life
I had my dream job in the navy after 17 years. I was stationed on an island in the Pacific assisting the island’s naval force in the way they did their maintenance on their patrol craft.
The organisation of their spare parts was also an important aspect of my job. I was so content there, that I was there only a few months and already began thinking how I could stretch out this (time) or be posted there.
I arrived there in October of 1993, but unknown to me my future was planned out already by fate. Continue reading
In the secondary stage of my rehabilitation, I found myself much more aware of my condition as I slowly began improving. I really mean that I had begun to accept to a degree what had happened to me as a result of the fall. Now it was a burning desire I had within me to get well again, I wouldn’t believe this was a permanent condition, and more then likely I would in time get well and not remain in the quadriplegic state for the rest of my life.
Through the experience of Peter’s Presentation
Written in collaboration with Katrine Pattern and Peter
Speaking in public is well understood to be one of the greatest fears that people have and many individuals will go to extreme measures to not be put in that circumstance. So firstly, it is normal to be scared. This is especially challenging for people who live with a communication impairment. Just the simple act of talking one-on-one in a discussion with an unfamiliar person can be very unsettling.